coca

noun
co·​ca | \ ˈkō-kə How to pronounce coca (audio) \

Definition of coca

1 : any of several South American shrubs (genus Erythroxylon, family Erythroxylaceae) especially : one (E. coca) that is the primary source of cocaine
2 : dried leaves of a coca (especially Erythroxylon coca) containing alkaloids including cocaine

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And despite the Colombian government’s effort to eradicate the plant, coca cultivation is at an all-time high. Johnny Harris, Vox, "Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war," 18 Dec. 2018 Drug use and cartels surround the cocaine trade, but there’s another side of the story: the families in rural Colombia that rely on the coca leaf as their only means of income. Johnny Harris, Vox, "Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war," 18 Dec. 2018 The drug comes from the leaf of the coca plant, which is harvested and processed in the country. Johnny Harris, Vox, "Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war," 18 Dec. 2018 As in years past, the bulk of coca production in 2017 was concentrated in Colombia's southern region. Cesar Garcia, Fox News, "UN says Colombia's coca production surges to record high," 19 Sep. 2018 The country has a record-breaking 695 square miles of its territory dedicated to coca production, the government announced this week. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Ivan Duque beats former guerrilla to win Colombia's presidential election," 17 June 2018 Several dogs have been killed while helping officers eradicate coca crops. Manuel Rueda, Fox News, "Extraordinary drug dog worries Colombian cartel," 27 July 2018 After the crowd had dispersed, MoMath volunteer Michael Poris helped to collect hot coca containers. Joshua A. Krisch, Popular Mechanics, "A Pythagorean Party at the Flatiron Building," 6 Dec. 2013 The administration also is continuing efforts to encourage coca farmers to switch to legal food crops. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Colombia's latest weapon in the war on drugs? Crop-killing drones," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of coca

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coca

Spanish, from Quechua kuka

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coca

noun
co·​ca | \ ˈkō-kə How to pronounce coca (audio) \

Medical Definition of coca

1 : any of several South American shrubs (genus Erythroxylon of the family Erythroxylaceae) especially : one (E. coca) that is the primary source of cocaine
2 : dried leaves of a coca (as Erythroxylon coca) containing alkaloids including cocaine

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